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How do you fit a custom frame build

Old 05-05-10, 11:23 AM
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How do you fit a custom frame build

OK, so I'm looking, reading, studying and saving until I can buy a decent road bike. I hear everyone saying "fit" is EVERYTHING. I can see that. Why ride a bike that isn't comfortable. Not that I'm thinking of buying a high-end frame and building it, but it got me thinking. When someone does this, how do you know that it will be the ride you hoped for...and paid big $$$ for? Usually the LBS doesn't have a collection of these bikes on the floor to ride. Is it all based on the geometry chart compared with past rides? I'm assuming you can't say "just kidding, I don't like the fit so.....take it all apart and give me my money back".

ON EDIT: I should not have used the term "custom frame build". I'm really referring to going into a LBS and ordering a frame like a Colnago, De Rosa, Pinarello, etc. A high-end production frame that most LBS's don't stock as assembled bikes to test ride.

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Most custom builders have an interview / fitting process that they will take you through to get the right fit. This doesn't mean they will always get it right though as evidenced by people on custom frames with 40mm of spacers and/or 80mm stems.

Another way to do it would be to go a bike shop that has a fitting bike where they can determine your dimensions for the custom frame. But again, the tendencies of the individual fitter will have an impact on how your bike ends up fitting.

I think the best way is to start with a cheaper stock bike, ride that for a while and get your position dialed in, and go for a custom frame once you are comfortable with everything.
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1 - My first, second and third bikes (don't tell my wife about #s 2 and 3, etc.....she thinks the first one will last me forever!) will be standard off the shelf bikes of some sort. I'm not in the market for anything that nice$$.

2 - I guess I was more wondering about going into an LBS and ordering a Colnago frame to build up, for example. Not a custom build for my body, but that frame, that gruppo, etc. Or does the LBS measure you and help figure out the best frame?
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Fit is not everything, but it is VERY important. However, if you have a fairly "normal" proportioned body you can likely get very close to custom fit with a stock frame and a few tweaks.

I have disproportionately long legs and a short torso, so both my road bikes are custom. They fit very well, thankfully.

To answer your question, a custom builder ought to be an expert in fitting, so the frame that he/she designs should fit just right, based on the rider's dimensions and riding style, etc.
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